Planning For Alzheimer's And Dementia

According to the Alzheimer's Association, one in three seniors will develop some form of dementia. As many families in Oklahoma know, dementia is a condition that diminishes a person's mental ability in a way that disrupts his or her daily life. Dementia, which includes Alzheimer's disease, can make it impossible for a person to make decisions about his or her finances, medical care and other aspects of life.

At The Pilkington Law Firm, PLLC, in Tulsa, we believe that the best way to protect a loved one through the challenges of dementia or Alzheimer's disease is to be prepared. Such planning must also address the needs of the caregiver. We will help you create important legal documents and make the crucial decisions that will ensure your loved one's safety no matter how far his or her condition progresses.

Establishing Durable Power Of Attorney

If your loved one can still make decisions and understand their effect, establishing durable power of attorney is a good option. A durable power of attorney allows an individual to appoint someone to act on his or her behalf should he or she become incapacitated. This appointed individual will be legally allowed to make decisions on behalf of your loved one, including financial and medical decisions. Your loved one must have full mental capacity to legally sign a durable power of attorney.

When Guardianship Is The Right Choice

If your loved one can no longer make informed and rational decisions because of dementia, he or she will not legally be able to sign a power of attorney document. In this case, seeking legal guardianship may be the best form of protection.

Guardianships protect people when they cannot care for themselves and refuse assistance from others. The role of a guardian is very similar to that of a parent to a minor child. The guardian can make medical and financial decisions on behalf of the person who has dementia or Alzheimer's. Guardianship allows you or a trusted individual to ensure the well-being of your loved one.

How We Can Help

Lawyer Gilbert J. Pilkington, Jr. and our staff members have years of experience protecting those who have been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. We can make sure your documents are filed appropriately and help you effectively navigate the court proceedings involved.

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Schedule a free, 30-minute consultation by sending us an email or calling us at 866-591-9408 or 877-627-8540.